Faversham Property Guide

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The picturesque market town of Faversham is sandwiched between the outstanding beauty of the Kent Downs and the splendor of its wetlands. Its countryside is the ultimate pub-walk territory, with many trails leading you through Kent’s varied scenery, from the heights of the Kent Downs, through the ancient Perry Woods, blossoming orchards, breathtaking marshes and nature reserves.

Faversham has attracted its fair share of historians – and it’s no surprise! The historical charm of the town cannot be denied, with just shy of 500 listed buildings, many of which are open for the public to enjoy. Numerous remains of Roman buildings have been discovered in and around Faversham and recentarchaeological evidence has unearthed the remains of a 2000 year old Roman theatre, able to seat around 12,000 people! Unknown to many, underneath Faversham’s central car park and swimming pool, lies the ‘King’s Field’ which is considered by some historians as the richest Anglo-Saxon cemetery in all England. Unearthed here, ornate gold and silver jewellery indicate that Faversham was a settlement inhabited by the wealthiest aristocratic Anglo-Saxons. There is even further archaeological evidence to suggest that Faversham was a summer capital for the Saxon kings of Kent, and the town has continued to boast royal connections, with King Stephen buried in the abbey.  The Saxon Shore Way is a coastal path some 140 miles long, all the way from Gravesend to Rye, following a line of Roman fortifications against any Saxon invasion. Following the coastline as it was in Roman times, you can journey throughancient forts, modern towns and stunning nature reserves. The Faversham section of the pathway runs from Conyer Creek to the north of Graveney, passing through the Oare Marshes and beautiful South Swale Nature Reserves.

Faversham boasts three specialist markets. The town’s Antiques & Vintage Market, which takes place on the first Sunday of the month, is the only antiques market in the county. Here you can pick up all sorts of hidden treasures and vintage items including antiques, clothing, collectibles, jewellery, paintings and furniture. On the first and third Saturday of each month, you can enjoy the delights of the Best of Faversham Market, which showcases the town’s impressive array of food and drink products and locally made arts and crafts. Lastly, Faversham’s thrice weekly Charter Market operates from the same medieval market square it has done for hundreds of years. It varies across the three days, with a variety of products on offer: household essentials, clothes, gifts, plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables and local produce. Bordering the marketplace, there are a wealth of cosy cafes, ancient public houses, and charming antique shops.

Just off of the market square, the Shepherd Neame Brewery can be found which dates from 1698, although brewing activities in Faversham pre-date this. With Kent being the centre of hop-growing in England, it’s not surprising that Faversham is known for its brewing, and the industry remains a significant employer in the town.

In addition to brewing fame, Faversham also enjoys renown as the centre of the explosives industry from the 17th to 20th centuries, and the town helped to keep the guns firing at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. However, an accident in 1916 which killed over 100 people, along with the impending threat of World War II, meant production ceased in 1934.

Faversham’s Mount Ephraim Gardens, a stunning 800 acre estate, offers enchanting beauty and is a cornucopia of scent and colour in the hot summer months. Lazy evenings can be enjoyed here, picnicking while soaking up the pleasures of al-fresco jazz concerts and open-air plays.

Brogdale Farm, home to the National Fruit Collection, boasts over 2,040 varieties of apple, along with hundreds of varieties of pear, plum, cherry, bush fruits, nuts and grapes. Visitors can enjoy a busy year of events, including the Japanese celebration of blossom, the Strawberry and Cherry fair and the famous Cider and Apple Festivals. The farm is also the home of Faversham’s miniature railway, the only 9 inch gauge railway in the UK open to the public, and the tracks run through the orchards.

It’s official: with its astonishingly pretty historical centre, olde-worlde charm, retro cinema, beautiful walks, wealth of things to do, and ideal location (did I mention it’s just two minutes from the M2 and an hour from London?), Faversham is a wonderful place to live. Its mixture of cottages, terraces and town houses, medieval to modern, creates a delightful melange of styles – as well as people - all effortlessly blending to form a town with the heart of a village.